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NUJ condemns DSS’ continued detention of publisher

By Festus Ahon & Ochuko Akuopha

ASABA-NIGERIA Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta Sate Council, has condemned the continued incarceration of a local publisher and media practitioner in the State, Mr. Daniel Ekiugbo, by the Department of State Services, DSS, describing it as objectionable and unacceptable.

Ekiugbo was arrested over a month ago for an undisclosed reason and is still being detained by operatives of DSS.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Delta State Director of DSS, Mrs. Mary Otubu, Chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Norbert Chiazor, called for Ekiugbo’s immediate release, emphasizing that his continued detention violated his constitutional right as a citizen of Nigeria.

While reiterating that “such” should not be happening in a democracy since Decree 4 had long been abolished, Chiazor appealed to the DSS Director to use her good office to ensure that the constitutional right of Mr. Daniel Ekiugbo was respected by releasing or charging him to court as required.

Responding, the SSS Director, Mrs. Otubu, said the issue was still under investigation, assuring that Ekiugbo would be released as soon as investigations were concluded.

Commending the union for the initiative to interface with her office on the detention of one of theirs, she called for the strengthening of the bond of friendship between security and the media.

She however, urged the union to prevail on its members to exercise restraint in reporting sensitive issues so as not to worsen an already bad situation.


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